Paintings

Mother and Child #1 (Key)

Watercolor and ink on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2000-01

This series is about the complex irony of this model staged in self confident, self possessed, relaxed control, with an innocent child. The name, “Frette,” is curiously close to the Italian, avere fretta, to be in a hurry—and children are the victims of hurry. Like a dog chasing its tail, part of haute couture is the hurried life in search of its opposite.

Mother and Child #2

Watercolor and ink on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2000-01

The eyes have it
her breast is warm

Her hair is lux
her head is mine

Perfect
I pray for home

Mother and Child #3

Watercolor and ink on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2000-01

Wrapped and swaddled
in hair disheveled

Her body is blood

(Ancient and deep
beneath her slender neck

…The ancestors tried, too.)

Mother and Child #4

Watercolor and ink on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2000-01

Hair horn helmet harp
Locks a spine
Baby’s cry
Fretted fingerboard fretting
Descending chords Cry

Mama

Mother and Child #5

Watercolor and ink on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2000-01

Teats antenna and gone

Hands untouchable

Eyes; shallow, floating

Shriek to bloody ear…

Elegant.

Mother and Child #6

Watercolor and ink on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2000-01

At last
Minimal mask

Simplicity
Peace?

Kry to a fretted mirror

Mama